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Hopkins-Dawson Set For Oct. 15 On HBO

Bernard Hopkins will defend his WBC light heavyweight championship Oct. 15 on HBO when he steps in the ring with Chad Dawson.

It’s Hopkins’ first title defense since he defeated Jean Pascal on May 21 to become the oldest champion in boxing history.

A venue for the fight is in the works and will be announced later this summer.

 

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Friday Night Fights Airing In 3D For Second Time

ESPN’s Friday Night Fights will broadcast in 3D for the second time on Friday at 9 p.m. ET (ESPN2, ESPN3D, ESPN Deportes, ESPN3.com).

Joe Tessitore and Teddy Atlas will call the action ringside from the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif.

ESPN’s Feb. 18 telecast from Salisbury, Md., marked the first time boxing has aired in 3D in the U.S.

“3D is most impactful when you have close proximity to the subject. Nothing offers closer proximity than boxing. It truly makes you feel like you have a ringside seat,” said Phil Orlins, coordinating producer for ESPN 3D. Read more

NFL Network to count down Top 100 players of 2011

As a follow-up to its popular series on the Top 100 players of all time, the NFL Network will count down the Top 100: Players of 2011 in a series that kicks off Saturday at 8 p.m. The 10-part series will introduce players in sets of 10, with 100-91 presented in the first installment. Each of the players will be lauded by a coach, fellow player or some member of the media. A sneak peek of the series is airing Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Some noteworthy aspects of the Top 100:

  • Quarterbacks are only the third-most represented position on the list with 12. Wide receivers are the top position represented with 18 ranked players, followed by defensive ends with 13.
  • The Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers are tops in team representation with 7 players
  • Three 2010 rookies appear on the list
  • 57 of the 100 ranked players are first-round draft picks
  • Only one Heisman Trophy winner made the cut of 100.
  • No kickers or punters made the top 100.

One Heisman Trophy winner? I’m guessing it’s Charles Woodson and not this guy. As for no kickers or punters, well, that’s not a surprise, since most football players refuse to admit that special teams comprise one-third of the game.

Meanwhile, some of the presenters include:

Will Jones-Drew be introducing Jay Cutler? That’d be a nice touch.

Following Saturday’s premiere (which will air following day three of the NFL draft), the Top 100: Players of 2011 will air Sundays at 8 p.m. on the NFL Network.

Mike Tyson: Love animals, don't eat them

Mike Tyson‘s transformation from ear-biting boxer who offered to eat an opponent’s children to pigeon-kissing vegan is apparently complete. Tyson, whose television series on racing pigeons, Taking on Tyson, runs on Animal Planet, is now starring in a Last Chance for Animals ad campaign that has him kissing a pigeon beside the words “Vegan: Love Animals, Don’t Eat Them.”

Apparently Iron Mike watched the ending of Rocky IV and took Rocky Balboa’s words to heart: “If I can change! You can change! Everybody can change!”

ESPN, Oprah make dream come true for aspiring sportscaster

Cleveland resident Ron Brown is a big fan of ESPN and has always wanted to a sportscaster. He was watching ESPN News the other day when something downright cool happened. Take it away, Mark Dawidziak of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer:

Ron Brown was sitting in the bar of a Winking Lizard restaurant Sunday evening when he heard his name mentioned by an ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor.

“Here’s a story that caught our eye,” “SportsCenter” anchor Kevin Negandhi said. “There’s a guy in Cleveland, Ohio. His name is Ron Brown. Ron apparently has always dreamed of being a sportscaster.”

Brown, who lives in Cleveland, was sitting with his best friend, James Hill, who had invited him to the Winking Lizard on Huron Road in Cleveland. It was a setup, as Brown learned.

“Well, it seems that Ron’s best friend, James Hill, wrote into ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and asked if they could hook him up with a reporting gig for his favorite sports network, ESPN,” said Negandhi’s co-anchor, Ryan Burr, according to a transcript provided by ESPN. “So, Ron are you watching?” Read more